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Sophie Perinot

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Sophie Perinot writes historical fiction. Her debut novel, The Sister Queens, (2012 NAL/Penguin) was set in 13th century France and England. The Sister Queens weaves the captivating story of medieval sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence, who both became queens – their lifelong friendship, their rivalry, and their reigns.

Perinot's latest novel, Medicis Daughter , (2015 Thomas Dunne/St. Martin) is set three-hundred years later--at intrigue-riven 16th century French Valois court. Medicis Daughter spins the tale of beautiful princess Marguerite who walks the knife edge between the demands of her serpentine mother, Catherine de Medicis, and those of her own conscience.

Ms. Perinot has both a BA in History and a law degree. She left the
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Sophie Perinot I always have feelers out. When I am researching one book I quite often find ideas for another—for example, THE SISTER QUEENS arose out of a footnote…moreI always have feelers out. When I am researching one book I quite often find ideas for another—for example, THE SISTER QUEENS arose out of a footnote in a book on Notre Dame during some research on a 16th century project. My current wip was sparked by a song, a song so striking that my young son and I had to pull off the road to finish listening. I am gut driven. I need what I like to call a genesis moment. (less)
Sophie Perinot First off you are right--a lot is left in the notebook and that is as it should be. I think historical novelists need to absorb the period in which…moreFirst off you are right--a lot is left in the notebook and that is as it should be. I think historical novelists need to absorb the period in which they are writing until it is nearly second nature so that when their characters act, speak, dress they will feel authentic. But I think when authors "research dump" the magic is lost. I've experienced that as a reader--gotten to sections of books that feel like the author showing off what he/she has learned for its own sake. I always skim or skip those parts.

As far as making characters approachable goes, I think folks who read historical fiction are pretty knowledgeable and they come to a book understanding that in some ways the past is indeed an alien land. On the other hand what is essential to our humanity hasn't changed, so I believe we recognize the existential struggles of people living in times distant to our own. In fact, I think setting something in the past can make some of life's toughest moments/issues (what does it mean to be a good man? how does one chose between obedience to family and obedience to conscience? what is the essence of love?) more approachable for readers (set in a contemporary novel they might feel too close to home). (less)
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"The tale of the Count of Provence's daughters Marguerite and Eleanor. Eleanor married King Henry III of England and Marguerite married King Louis of France. It is the story of sisterly love and also of two very different marriages. I was not famil..." Read more of this review »
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Haven't read much about the French Court but have become interested since watching the TV series, Reign. Catherine de Medicis was a very ruthless Queen who used her children for her agenda. Poor Marguerite was badly used but ha..." Read more of this review »
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“I admonish Your Majesty, as the woman who gave you life and loves you like no other, to behave always in a manner that safeguards your immortal soul. Seek God's glory in the Holy Land rather than your own, that I may see you in heaven if never again in France.”
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Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


Sophie Sarah wrote: "I love the cover of the sister queens! very pretty."

Thanks! I'd love to take credit for it (and NAL is really good about asking for author input) but that really belongs to the awesome Art department at NAL


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Sarah M I love the cover of the sister queens! very pretty.


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